GOP trying to persuade Joe Manchin to switch parties
Republicans are doing everything they can to persuade Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator-elect from West Virginia, to join the GOP, according to media reports.
According to Fox News, Republicans are trying to woo Manchin, the popular West Virginia governor, to the other side of the aisle by promising him choice committee assignments and potentially support for a power plant that would convert coal to diesel fuel.
“Republicans believe in an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy. And coal-to-diesel could certainly be part of that,” according to an unnamed “top Senate aide” quoted by Fox. Manchin has so far seen little action by Democrats in response to his plight for funds to sponsor the coal conversion project.
Connecticut Independent Joe Lieberman and Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska are said to be Republican conversion targets.
Republican strategists cast doubt on the idea of Manchin joining the GOP.
“It would probably be unlikely since the Senate is not in a 50-50 split and he doesn’t have expanded leverage,” one strategist told the Hill newsletter.
A call to Manchin’s office was not returned.